5 questions to Ask at Your First Audiology Appointment
The time has come: After having enough people tell you they think you have hearing loss, you’re gearing up for your first visit to an audiologist.
The first appointment with an audiologist can make anyone anxious, but it doesn’t have to. Taking some time to prepare yourself by making a list of questions can help you feel better walking into the appointment. Consider the following list, which is full of questions that will provide you the answers you need to have a full understanding of hearing loss and potential solutions.
1. How many follow up visits will I need?
It’s a good idea to have the right expectations during your journey with hearing aids. Make sure to ask the audiologist what type of follow up care you will need.
2. How long will my hearing aids last?
While hearing aid technology is getting better with time, hearing aids still wear out. Ask your audiologist how long hearing aids last to have a good understanding of the investment you’ll be making throughout the years.
3. Are warranties or insurance available for hearing aids?
Again, cost can be a big deciding factor in choosing the type of hearing aid. As such, it can be important to know whether or not your hearing aids are covered by any insurance or warranty policies, should something go wrong with them.
4. What if I don’t like the hearing aids I purchase?
Not every fit is a perfect fit the first time. Sometimes patients find that the hearing aids they’ve picked aren’t conducive with their lifestyle or turn out to be uncomfortable or far too much of a hassle. Make sure to ask your audiologist what kind of trial period they may be able to offer with hearing aids. This is important especially if you are headed in for your first pair of hearing aids.
5. Do I have to pay for hearing aids out of pocket?
Because hearing aids are such a costly investment, it is wise to understand how much you will pay for them. The audiologist will be able to work with you to understand the costs and what to expect upon purchase. Most insurance companies do not cover the cost of hearing aids but some supplemental insurance can help out. Talk to the audiologist about potential supplemental help.
Your first appointment with an audiologist should be rewarding and provide you with all the information you need to take the next steps confidently. Talk more with your audiologist if you have any questions, concerns or issues.